NBC’s "Today" will allow same-sex couples to apply for its "Modern Day Wedding Contest," marking the reversal of an earlier policy, reports TVNewser.com.
The contest had earlier limited eligibility to those who meet legal marriage requirements in New York City, ruling out same-sex couples since New York State doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, the story says. But the show received more than 3,000 letters and emails protesting the rules, leading to "Today" executive producer Jim Bell meeting with Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and changing the contest’s rules.
"We came to the conclusion that this is the right thing to do," Bell says. "I think we would have gotten there on our own, but it might have taken longer." The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday from its original deadline of July 9, the story adds.